- Day of the Dead Altar
Visit the Day of the Dead altar constructed by La Casa Latino Culture Center and Mathers Museum of World Cultures to learn about the history of the holiday and its significance in contemporary Mexican culture.
- Art of the Altar
Join student, campus, and community groups to craft everything you need to create your own Day of the Dead altar and celebrate the holiday. Actvities will include:
- Masks - presented by IU Libraries
- Candle Decoration - presented by Sigm Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Soroity, Inc.
- Nichos - presented by Latino Studies and City of Bloomington Latino Outreach
- Papel Picado - presented by Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Latinos Unidos at Indiana University
- Paper Flowers - presented by La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
- Paper Caskets - presented by Paso a Paso and Latin American Music Center
- Face Painting - Latino Graduate Student Association and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science
- Mexico Remixed Digital Exhibits
Get a sneak peak of Mexico Remixed exhibits from the Lilly Library and Mathers Museum.
The Earliest American Imprints: The Book in Mexico in the Sixteenth Century
Lilly Library, Slocum Room. January 11, 2019 through May 4, 2019
The Lilly Library’s collection of sixteenth-century Mexican imprints is a remarkable resource for the study of the development of the press in the New World. This impressive collection of several dozen books and broadsides, which range in date from 1544 to 1600, includes religious texts, philosophical works, bilingual dictionaries, and Inquisition documents. All sixteenth-century Mexican imprints are rare, and this exhibition offers a remarkable opportunity to view the work of the earliest printers in the Western hemisphere, including Juan Pablos, Antonio de Espinosa, and Pedro Ocharte.
Mathers Museum of World Cultures. February 26, 2019 through January 26, 2020
The Mathers Museum of World Cultures will present México Indígena, an exhibit of selected objects from the museum’s permanent collection. From clothing to yarn paintings, these pieces highlight a few of the artistic traditions and innovations practiced by some of Mexico’s indigenous peoples, including the Isthmus Zapotec of Juchitán, Oaxaca; the Wixáritari (Huichol) who live in the Sierra Madres; the Otomi people from the Altiplano region; and the Purépecha (Tarascan) people of Michoacán.
- Mobile Library
Presented by IU Libraries.
The mobile library will feature a selection of works from the IU Libraries collection related to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico and the United States. This selection includes works of children’s and juvenile literature as well as scholarly works exploring the social and cultural significance of this iconic celebration.
IU users and the public may check out books provided they have a valid IU-issued ID or a Borrower's Card from the IU Libraries. The public can obtain a Borrower’s Card at the Wells Library East Tower Circulation Desk during regular operating hours. (For more info, go to https://libraries.indiana.edu/borrowers-card)
- The Sounds of Mexico
Presented by the Latin American Music Center Collection and the Cook Music Library.
From bandas to corridos, through mariachis and rancheras an exploration of the sounds of México through its musical genres.
To complement the experience special guests Maria Van Hoff and Felipe Velazquez from “Ritmos Latinos” will perform Mexican cumbia and “DJ SLatino,” Isaac Salazar, will spice things up showcasing some danceable genres.
Visitors will be able to play music and explore available digital content through the Media Collections Onlineinitiative and other library databases.
Felipe Velazquez was born and grew up in Mexico City. He learned cumbia and other Mexican dances with his family as a child and never stopped dancing since. He has been part of the Bloomington social dance scene for many years, bringing his skills, style and true Mexican flavor to the local dance community.
Maria Van Hoff a is an instructor with Ritmos Latinos, a local group that has been bringing Cuban salsa to the Bloomington community for 10+ years. Maria has been dancing socially for many years, with most experience in salsa, bachata, cumbia and other Latin dances. She is passionate about social dancing as a way to maintain a strong and supportive dance community.
Isaac Salazar “DJ SLatino” Graduated as a professional DJ from Deckademics - DJ School of Indianapolis.
- Poster Exhibit: Día de los Muertos (Herman B Wells Library)
A poster honoring the Day of the Dead will be on display on the sixth floor of the Herman B Wells Library East Tower all of November. The display explores the significance of this iconic holiday in Mexican culture and its growing popularity in the United States.
- Coco (IU Cinema)
IU Cinema, 7:00pm
Coco. In English, with Spanish subtitles.
NOTE: Tickets for this First Thursdays screening will only be available in person on the day of the event. Ticket distribution will begin at 5 pm on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the lobby of IU Cinema and at the remote box office on the Fine Arts Plaza.
Directed by Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, Cocois a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, as an aspiring young musician named Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguía, and Edward James Olmos round-out the cast. The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, “Remember Me.” The screening is part of IU Arts and Humanities Council’s First Thursday celebration of Day of the Dead.